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Adult Formation 2022-23 

Sundays at 9:30a

Simultaneous, In-Person, AND online

The Zoom Link will be on the church website and sent each Sunday morning by email to those on our email distribution list.

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Adult Forum

 

The mission of Trinity Church is to be a place where all people, no matter where they come from, no matter where they have been, are welcome to Explore Faith, Embrace Community and Expect to Make a Difference and See a Difference. Each Sunday morning, we come together to engage that part of our life that explores our faith. Trinity's Sunday Adult forum explores topics biblical, theological, spiritual, and communal. Here is a safe place to explore faith with fellow Trinitarians. Here we can challenge ideas, wonder out loud, and celebrate the grace of Jesus. 

Simultaneous, In-Person, AND online. 

CLICK HERE to join by Zoom.

Parents in Conversation

 

Parents in Conversation gathers each week for coffee

and discussion around various parenting topics, from raising kids in a diverse world to addressing mental health in children. We're known to explore topics like the Enneagram and Brene Brown to enrich our understanding of ourselves and deepen our parenting as well as current issues our youth are facing in a polarized, secularizing culture. 

August 28

Adult Forum & Parents in Conversation

August 28

Meet Amy Peterson

9:30a

led by Amy Peterson in the Undercroft AND on Zoom. 

 

Join us for an opportunity to meet our new associate rector. Amy Peterson will share about her life, her passions and her hopes for the future. 

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September

Adult Forum

September 4

Trinity Connect

9:30a

led by Scott White in the Undercroft AND on Zoom. 

Attending this class is a way for those new to Trinity to learn more about the Trinity Community. The class covers the history of Trinity, our mission and ministry, as well as answers questions about our life as a community of faith in Christ.

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September 11-25

Cathedrals

9:30a

led by Peter Williams in the Undercroft AND on Zoom.

 

More information will be available soon. 

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September 4-25

Bad Parents of the Bible

9:30a

led by Amy Peterson in the Clark Room

 

Want to know what biblical parenting is? The parents we see in Genesis raise children who murder, steal, and lie…On September 4, Amy will lead us in a discussion about what the Bible is, how it works, and how to approach its more difficult texts. Then over the next few weeks, we’ll walk through Genesis together, revisiting stories from childhood (or reading them for the first time!). This will be a time where all questions and responses to the biblical text are welcome, and we’ll look for what is life-giving in each story, and how to pass these stories on appropriately to our children. 

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Parents in Conversation

October

Adult Forum

October 2-16

God in Real Life

9:30a

led by Scott White in the Undercroft

 

The theologian Karl Barth said one should always read the Bible in one hand with the newspaper in the other. Join with the Rector and others to look at the intersection of current events and the Holy Spirit. Trinity’s weekly Friday email will include the link to an article or two to consider before the class if you choose to do so. You do not need to read anything to fully participate, but if you choose you can consider the article(s) ahead of time.

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October 2-16

Bad Parents of the Bible (cont. from Sept)

9:30a

led by Amy Peterson in the Clark Room

 

Want to know what biblical parenting is? The parents we see in Genesis raise children who murder, steal, and lie…On September 4, Amy will lead us in a discussion about what the Bible is, how it works, and how to approach its more difficult texts. Then over the next few weeks, we’ll walk through Genesis together, revisiting stories from childhood (or reading them for the first time!). This will be a time where all questions and responses to the biblical text are welcome, and we’ll look for what is life-giving in each story, and how to pass these stories on appropriately to our children. 

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Parents in Conversation

Adult Forum & Parents in Conversation

October 23

Vestry Sunday

9:30a

in the Undercroft AND on Zoom. 

Led by Scott White and Members of the Vestry. Join the Rector and Vestry of Trinity for an overview of this past year and the year ahead. Meet the individual members of the Vestry. We will share the working groups of the Vestry and the progress they have made on safety, community and mission. We will also review Trinity’s financial well-being. 

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October 30

Norman Wirzba; Hope for a Wounded World

9:30a

led by Norman Wirzba in the Undercroft AND on Zoom. 

Norman Wirzba is the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute of Ethics at Duke University.  His books include The Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity;  This Sacred Life: Humanity’s Place in a Wounded World; and Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land. Join us to hear from him about how to find hope as we receive, share, and celebrate the gifts of God.

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November - December

November 6
To Be Announced

November 13
Diocesan Service at Christ School

 

No Formation for Adults.

Adult Formation

November 20, 27, & December 4, 11, 18

The Great-Grandmothers of Jesus

9:30a

led by Amy Peterson in the Undercroft AND on Zoom. 

 

Genealogies may seem like the most boring parts of Scripture – but for those who read closely, they have much to offer. During Advent, Amy will guide us through the stories of the five women named in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus – Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah, and Mary –  and we’ll discover what these particular women show us about God’s dream .

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Parents in Conversation

November 20, 27, & December 4, 11, 18

Advent Expectations: Are They Not About the Same?

9:30a

led by Gus Boone in the Clark Room

 

We are apt to answer that question in the affirmative. In church we will sing, “Come, thou long expected Jesus” with about the same expectation as last Advent.   But we are not the same “individuals” this time around.  Life happens!  Expectations alter, new ones pop up, others simply die.

 

In this Advent module we will explore a variety of expectations.

 Session 1:  Basic Enneagram Model Review

 Session 2:  Advent from Ages Past

 Session 3:  Our Advent Expectations Today, Tomorrow

 Remaining Sessions: TBA

 

In church we will sing together Advent Hymns of the season. What will our individual expectations bring?

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Faith Formation Beyond Sunday Morning

Men’s Bible Study 

 

Men's Bible Study meets online on Friday mornings at 7:30a for prayer, fellowship, and study. The link for joining is on the homepage of Trinity’s website.

 

Women’s Bible Study 

 

The group meets simultaneously in-person and online on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00a. for fellowship, prayer, and study.

 

Rector's Bible Study

 

Rector’s Bible Study meets online on Thursday evenings from 7-8:00p. We are studying the Synoptic Gospels. As a group, we share fellowship, prayer, and study. All are welcome. The Zoom link to join can be found on the Trinity website.

 
Contemplative Prayer and Reflection Group 

 

This group meets in the Redwood Chapel and on Zoom,  the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:00a. Together we’ll pray and discuss Joan Chittister’s book "Called to Question."  Contact Susan Edwards (susan.saic@gmail.com) for more information.

Second Chapter Book Group

 

Led by Barbara Fotinos, this book club meets every other month on Thursday at 10-11:30 am in the Clark Room. New members are most welcome! Contact Barbara Fotinos (bfotinos@gmail.com) for more information.

Daughters of the King

 

This is an order for Episcopal women dedicated to prayer, service, and evangelism, which meets regularly to support each other in prayer and spiritual growth.

 

Education for Ministry (EFM)

 

Education for Ministry is a four year program overseen by the School of Theology at the University of the South. It covers the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and more (efm.sewanee.edu). You can commit for one year at a time. Trinity hosts two groups and there is room in both groups. This coming year (beginning in September) the meetings will be hybrid with weekly meetings on Monday evenings using Zoom and quarterly in-person get togethers. Contact Peggy Buchanan for information (peg-jack@msn.com). 

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Trinity Wednesday Bo0k Study

Reimagining our Place in the Story

 

This hybrid book study group meets every other Wednesday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Clark Room and via Zoom. 

Each meeting we host about 6 people in-person and 2-4 online.  Most members of the group are Trinitarians.  The group has garnered attention of some non-members, who have joined us.  We invite any interested participants.

 

We created a set of intentions that guide our meetings and we follow a simple format.

Intentions include:

  1. Building relationships, following Jesus into the wilderness, and learning together,

  2. Practicing making changes where we can, no matter how big or small,

  3. Committing to the work for a lifetime, making it a lifestyle choice

  4. Seeking the Third Way of gentleness, creativity, and divestment of power, not only in our antiracism work but in our relationships with each other. 

 

In exploring the works of theologians of color and other African-American authors, we deepen our faith, expand our understanding of Christ’s call for reconciliation, and develop a different perspective of scripture.

 

We welcome group members to enter into dialogue in a safe and supportive setting with other fellow Trinitarians and church leaders – to discuss questions about the text that can be challenging and uncomfortable.  

 

The group’s journey is to do “the work” of learning what have our black brothers and sisters experienced (and continue to experience in our world), how did (and do) they feel, what have they learned (and what can we learn from them), where did (and do) they find God in the midst of racism, oppression and violence, and most importantly -- what is our role in doing God’s work as fellow Christians.

 

We share our own stories of personal growth, shame, healing, and where we find hope and opportunity to embrace the larger community of faith that includes all God’s children.   We discuss ways we -- as individuals, a group, a community and a world -- can promote social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 

If you are interested in joining us, then please contact Page McCorkle or Sharon Lechner.

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